Located entirely within the appellation of Saint-Julien, Château Lagrange's vineyard stretches in a single block over two North-South rises of Gunzian gravelly soil. In parts large and coarse and in others finer, this gravel is combined with sand or iron-rich clay depending on the plot. With an altitude of 24 metres, the centre of the domain marks the highest point of Saint-Julien. The estate covers 182 hectares (450 acres), of which 118 hectares (292 acres) are under vine. Most of the plots benefit from a drainage system.
The Médoc is undoubtedly where the Cabernet Sauvignon best expresses its character. When this grape variety is planted in deep gravelly soils, it constitutes the very backbone of the wines and ensures their ageing potential.
The greatest of the vineyard’s terroirs are reserved for this elite grape, which covers 67% of the estate. As for the Merlot, this earlier variety does exceedingly well on cooler soils, making up 28% of the vineyard. Then for the final touch, the complexity of the wines is heightened by the 5% of Petit Verdot planted on the most prestigious soils. The white wine vineyard covers 7.5 hectares (19 acres) and is planted with Sauvignon Blanc (60%), Sauvignon Gris (20%) and Sémillon (20%).
The viticultural methods are chosen to respect Tradition whilst aiming for Perfection. From the choice of the varietals and rootstocks best suited to Lagrange’s soils, to the myriad minutious vine-care tasks carried out through the year, everything concurs to maintain the most regular and eco-friendly production possible. High density of plantation, rigorous pruning, de-leafing, thinning out in July and traditional ploughing all contribute to ensure the grapes produced are rich and concentrated. The traditional hand picking allows to sort the bunches and ensure that only the best of them arrive whole and healthy at the vat cellar.